I have been tinkering away at my Scrivener Novel Outlining Template in preparation for NaNoWriMo 2013, and I think I have improved it enough to warrant calling it version 2.0.
Here’s what’s new:
▪ Improvements to the visual look of the pages. I’ve (hopefully) made better use of blocks of colour and white space to give the pages a cleaner look.
▪ I’ve fiddled with the way things are ordered and displayed in the binder, so hopefully now it is clearer at glance which sections relate to what. Everything is now ordered under the following main headings: Structure/Plot, Scenes, Characters, Themes/Ideas, Pantsers’ Place, Worldbuilder, and Writing Advice.
▪ A ‘Subplots’ development sheet has been added to the 3 Act Structure planner.
▪ A ‘Scene Planner’ template for use in the Scene List folder. In version 1.0 I had envisioned you could display your scenes in outline mode, and then add notes to quickly see whether the scene was an action (scene) or reaction (sequel), and some other general points. But this seemed very clunky to use, and there can be so many actions and reactions within a scene, that I found I wasn’t using this method at all. Plus I thought there should be more prompts for planning a scene.
▪ The main character questions have been rejigged and reformatted as a template ‘folder’ that can be selected, which makes it easy to insert one of these for each main character.
▪ The main character folder now has a worksheet for developing character voice.
▪ The character folder is better organised and there are now some prompts for developing antagonists.
▪ There is now a Glossary. It’s a work in progress!
▪ Advice on how to use all the worksheets / templates still appears in the yellow Document Notes to the right, but general writing advice including a glossary now has its own folder. I have tried to cross-ref to the glossary with hyperlinks. So now, when you see the word ‘POV’, for example, you can click on it and a window should pop up with the explanation from the Glossary.
Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement for version 1. Hopefully at some point I will get to flesh out more of the world building and theme development sections.
▪ How to Use Scrivener to Edit Your Book (whilethekidsaresleeping.wordpress.com)
▪ Scrivener template for story outlining (everythingscrivener.wordpress.com)
▪ Using Scrivener for an Epic Fantasy (tariencole.wordpress.com)
▪ GUEST POST: Writing using Scrivener – how it’s done (theblabbermouthblog.com)
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